What Is the Future for Storage Admins?

Storage has changed rapidly over the past decade, and the role of the storage admin has changed along with it. Gina Rosenthal considers what the future of the storage admin looks like in this piece, based on what she saw at Storage Field Day. It says a lot about the state of storage that many companies traditionally thought of as storage providers are now presenting at the event. She looks at NetApp’s approach with the Cloud Volumes Service, on-premises scale-out systems from Dell Technologies’ PowerScale solution, Igneous’ data management platform built on a scale-out file system, and Qumulo’s file data platform. Even as storage changes and goes to the cloud, Gina thinks the skills that storage admins have built up are more needed than ever.


Monday Hot Take July 13, 2020

Gina Rosenthal’s Monday Hot Take video do a great job getting you up to speed on the IT news, as well as highlighting the upcoming events for the week. In this video, she previews what to expect from Cloud Field Day. Be sure to subscribe to her channel to get these in your feed every Monday, and then head on over to the Tech Field Day YouTube page and watch the presentations for yourself.


Review: TFDx PoweredUp Event

Gina Rosenthal virtually attended our Tech Field Day Presents Dell Technologies: Power Up the Portfolio, and was impressed to see how Dell EMC used the event to achieve their marketing goals for their new product portfolio despite the current pandemic shutting down traditional events. Gina broke down her impressions of the events in two recent videos, so be sure to dig into them before watching Dell’s entire presentation. There were a lot of new products and solutions highlighted at the event, and Gina definitely enjoyed the experience.


Can Dell Technologies PowerUp?

At our recent Tech Field Day Presents Dell Technologies: Power Up the Portfolio event, Dell showed off the latest with their refreshed Power portfolio, which now offers a unified product suite and vision for storage and data protection. Gina Rosenthal was a delegate at the event, and breaks down all the announcements and implications from the event in this post. Having worked at both Dell and EMC in the past, Gina definitely was familiar with some of the solutions on display. For her, the event showed that Dell had tackled the giant product problem of making sure they provide continuity to current customers while at the same time building the bridge that is going to help those customers from legacy products to what is needed in this new era.


Monday Hot Take: VMware Acquires Datrium

In this edition of Gina Rosenthal’s Monday Hot Takes, she breaks down the acquisition of Datrium by VMware. She discusses how VMware will integrate this acquisition into their overall cloud disaster recovery plans. To get up to date on all that Datrium offers, she went to the Tech Field Day presentation archives to get up to speed on their tech stack. What stuck her was how much of Datrium was built to be a competitor to VSAN, and how deliberate VMware was in their announcement to stick to a DRaaS play with the acquisition.


Tech Field Day – Dell Technologies #PoweredUp Promo

Gina Rosenthal was excited to be a delegate at Tech Field Day Presents Dell Technologies: Power Up the Portfolio. This was kind of return to the very start of her career,and touches on a number of important updates to Dell’s Power portfolio. They went into detail about a lot of exciting new solutions, so be sure to check out the full video of the event to stay up to date.


Project Nautilus Emerged as Dell’s Streaming Data Platform

At Storage Field Day, Gina Rosenthal got to hear from Dell EMC’s Project Nautilus, which uses open source tools to offer real time and historical analytics and storage. This essentially serves as a framework for those tool, with ingested data streams being tiered to long term storage, connected to analytics tools like Spark and Flink, then joined by Project Nautilus’ engine to provide for scale. This is all part of Dell EMC’s larger efforts to help blunt the impact of unstructured data growth. The open source streaming data platform with Project Nautilus is definitely a key addition to that toolkit.


Taming Unstructured Data With Dell EMC Isilon

Dell EMC presented an update on Isilon at Storage Field Day. Gina Rosenthal was a delegate at the event and wrote up what they showed about how Isilon is helping organizations solve the growing problem of unstructured data. It’s hard to follow any IT analysis these days without hearing a terrifying statement about how the rapid growth of unstructured data is going to eat through existing storage options. This Emmy award winning scale-out NAS has a long history and runs Dell’s OneFS. One interesting thing they showed during Storage Field Day was the ability to run OneFS with its full policy support in the cloud. This allows organizations to put data close to their cloud compute using the tools their familiar with, something critical with Isilon’s long time customers. Gina thought this kind of extension shows how traditional storage teams can augment cloud offerings.


Tiger Technology Brings the Cloud to You

Gina Rosenthal got to hear from Tiger Technology at Storage Field Day, a company that while new to the event, has been a force in the media and entertainment data management space since 2004. During the event, the company went into detail about the development of Tiger Bridge, their cloud tiering solution for Windows. This hierarchical storage management was designed to meet the video needs of airport surveillance, which needed to handle data from thousands of 4K cameras and retain it for six months. Tiger Bridge allows customers with similar needs to keep data on-site, while seamlessly taking advantage of the scale and economics of cloud object storage. Gina was definitely impressed with the solution, be sure to read her post for more details.


Is Storage Still Relevant?

Gina Rosenthal asks the question, is storage still relevant? After hearing from Western Digital at Storage Field Day, the answer would seem to be yes. The presentation left Gina with a reminder that software innovation can only occur with hardware innovation. To feed into this positive feedback loop, Western Digital is investing in storage technology for emerging workloads with some exciting results. They spent a portion of their presentation showing how the advent of NVMe over Fabric allows for emerging new technological deployments, like composable infrastructure. By disaggregating the resources in a data center, and allowing them to be assembled on demand, organizations can optimize for demanding new workloads. This only touched on one of the many topics presented by Western Digital at the event, so be sure to check out their full video coverage.


Storage Field Day 19: Getting Back to My Roots

Gina Rosenthal has extensive history in the storage industry, and we’re thrilled to now have her in the delegate ranks. In this post, she highlights what she’s looking forward to at the event. This includes a debut presentations from Tiger Technology, Infrascale, and Minio, as well as Gina’s second presentation from NetApp. There are many other presenters on tap, so be sure to mark your calendar for the event. We’ll have videos posted soon after the event, so even if you don’t catch the live stream, you can still watch all the storage goodness.


NetApp Goes to the Cloud

NetApp highlighted many of their cloud offerings at Tech Field Day late last year. Gina Rosenthal was a delegate at the event, and thinks that they have the right team and attitude to make multi-cloud a reality for their customers. The key focus for NetApp was making it easy to get customers to the cloud, which fits with their approach of shepherding traditional operations teams into the new cloud native era.


Tech Field Day From the Other Side

Gina Rosenthal has long enjoyed Tech Field Day events, but previously only from the vendor perspective. This past Tech Field Day event saw Gina join us as an independent delegate for the first time, something she found much more challenging! Read all about her experience in this post.


Meet Field Day Delegate – Gina Rosenthal

Gina Rosenthal attended her first Tech Field Day. Before you sere her around the delegate table, check out this interview she did with Gestalt IT to get some background and find out where she sees IT going.


Gina Rosenthal

Gina is the Founder of Digital Sunshine Solutions, a consulting firm that helps companies with product marketing strategy, as well as tackling the issue of digital literacy. She’s an EMC, Dell, and VMware alum (along with a few startups!), and a vExpert.


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